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Buildings Across Time offers a survey of world architecture both for students taking introductory courses and for the general reader simply interested in buildings. The authors have searched out the stories these buildings have to tell, considered the intentions of the people who built them, and examined the lives of those who used them. The text begins with prehistory and ends with early twenty-first century. It covers the Western tradition as well as works in the Islamic world, the pre-Columbian Americas, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, Russia, and Japan.
Buildings Across Time is a diverse sampling of the built environment written in a straightforward but lively style that is rich with detail. The text contains extensive descriptive narrative leavened with focused critical analysis, which allows the book to stand alone and invites lecturers to impose their studied interpretations on the material without the danger of undue ambiguity or conflict. In a world that grows smaller by the day, it presents a global perspective, and in a discipline that concerns built objects that are often beautiful as well as functional, it is copiously illustrated, intelligently designed, and consistently usable.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Architecture
Chapter 2: The Greek World
Chapter 3: The Architecture of Ancient India and Southeast Asia
Chapter 4: The Traditional Architecture of China and Japan
Chapter 5: The Roman World
Chapter 6: Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture
Chapter 7: Islamic Architecture
Chapter 8: Early Medieval and Romanesque Architecture
Chapter 9: Gothic Architecture
Chapter 10: Indigenous Architecture in the Americas and Africa
Chapter 11: Renaissance Architecture
Chapter 12: Baroque Architecture
Chapter 13: Neo-Classicism, Romanticism, and the Rococo
Chapter 14: Eclecticism, Industrialization, and Newness
Chapter 15: The Twentieth Century and Modernism
Chapter 16: Modernisms in the Mid- and Late Twentieth Century and Beyond